I’ve been travelling for work, and right now I’m in Copenhagen. I went to the famed Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. I love any kind of funfair, from the glitzy to the hoky and kitsch. In Scandinavian languages, “tivoli” has come to mean “amusement…
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I was having drinks the other day, and there was a cabaret singer, and sure enough someone was taking photos. I don’t know if the singer minded, but…
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Bill McGuire, a vulcanologist, posted on twitter a few days ago about a mega container ship arriving in Britain.
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I am in Cadiz today, and walked past the building of the Diario de Cadiz, a newspaper established in 1867. The building is grand and solid, with this…
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Today I am in Mallorca. I hadn’t visited before (and still wonder if I should spell it Majorca). I expected a lot of resorts and timeshares, and tourist…
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In Monaco. Seeing the hill crowded with high rises, as a fog rolls down, it could almost be Hong Kong. They’re setting up for the Grand Prix next…
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Today I visited Bari, a port city on the heel of Italy’s boot. It is famous for (among other things) the Basilica of Saint Nicholas. His bones are here…
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This week there was a massive dust up among medievalists on twitter. I won't get into all the details because it’s complicated, but involves a spiked…
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